Another Christmas season has passed by, and along with it the extended cooking and baking sessions. The many days spent using all kitchen appliances and every inch of counterspace had a potential highlight more lasting than a home cooked meal: When consumers really use their kitchens, theydiscover what does and doesn’t work.
A smoothly functioning kitchen has space for everything to be stored away, within reach. Can you achieve that with your current cabinets? If so, Flynn suggests keeping them and just replacing or refinishing the doors.
“Cabinetry installation adds a lot to a budget,” he says, “so saving by simply reusing what you’ve got can be a massive help.”
If your cabinet doors are stained wood, consider painting them. Then change the hardware. Drawer pulls and cabinet door handles “can make or break the look of the space,” says Jimmy Meyers, of the Boston-based design firm Hearth.
If you do need to add or replace cabinets, Meyers suggests having them custom-made. It can be expensive, but they are worth the investment, she says. “You’ll get well-made pieces, built to your needs, that will last through time, kids and tons of use.”
Rather than adding cabinets with doors, she suggests installing drawers.
FRESH COLORS AND MATERIALS
Painting kitchen walls can be “a quick, inexpensive solution to a kitchen remodel,” Kleinhelter says, and “any color can work.” But she advises clients that kitchen decor “should work with the rest of the house.” Bring in colors that appear in nearby rooms or stick to a neutral palette.
If you’re trying to update your kitchen’s look, Meyers says “there’s been a shift from the once-ubiquitous all-white kitchen toward gray-painted cabinets, and we’ve found ourselves experimenting with color.”
Homeowners are also getting more creative and saving money with materials such as concrete. Concrete tile is “an inexpensive material that comes in an incredible array of colors and patterns,” Meyers says.